Best of the Blogs on MyTheatreMates from 7 October 2019

Best of the Blogs: Master Harold, The Watsons, Mamma Mia!, The Open, Two Ladies &…

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Lisa Martland

In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 6 October 2019), ranging from Libby Purves‘ childhood reminiscences associated with Master Harold and the Boys at the National to Abba-fest Mamma Mia! The Party and reviews of new plays The Open, Two Ladies, The Watsons and more. Enjoy.

Two Ladies – Bridge Theatre
Ian Foster: “A pleasure to see Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić onstage but they deserve a much better play than Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre… ‘I could wipe the floor with the whole fucking lot of them’ You might well cross your arms and look as grumpy as Zoë Wanamaker here.”
Macbeth – Chichester ★★★

Matt Merritt: “Come for those masterful central performances, they’re more than worth the price of admission even if so much of the rest is “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!”

The Open – The Space
Liz Dyer: “2050. Brexit is (finally) done. The environment is (predictably) a mess. And Britain’s been sold and turned into a giant golf course owned and run by “The Organisation”.”
Master Harold & the Boys – National Theatre ★★★★★
Libby Purves: “Couldn’t miss this: for two years as a teenager (Dad in the Jo’burg Embassy). I lived alongside the frightened, arrogant paranoia of white South Africa under apartheid.”
The Watsons – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★
Carole Woddis: “Some evenings turn out to be such a pick-me-up – exactly what Laura Wade’s delicious, clever and delectable confection, based or `adapted’ from Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, proves to be.”
The Elixir of Love – King’s Head Theatre
Debbie Gilpin: “When you hear the name Donizetti, you think of Italy. And when you hear of his opera entitled L’Elisir d’Amore, all sorts of romantic notions are conjured up. Barry Island, on the other hand…”
Mamma Mia! The Party – The O2 ★★★★★
Jonathan Baz: “Forget a four-hour flight, airport transfers and the like because now Mamma Mia! The Party is whisking audiences straight into the heart of the Greek island of Skopelos – and all within London’s O2 Arena.”
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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.